Recently the NHK News reported the following:
In Taiwan where the presidential election would be held next January, the main opposition party (the Democratic Progressive Party) announced its policy toward China that showed the intention of changing its past policy of having a strong intention for independence, and had the idea of taking a realistic path that would treasure exchanges with China with which economic connection had become strong.
This was what had been said in the press interview on the 22nd, by the head of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party, president Cai Yingwen, the endorsed candidate for the presidential election. During the interview, president Cai, regarding the policy towards China, said that "The posture to confront China has changed, now it is to build steady cross-strait relations through exchanges at various levels", it changed its past policy that had a strong intention for independence, and showed the idea of advancing exchanges with China. As the "Economic cooperation framework agreement" between Taiwan and China that centering on the deregulation of trade came into effect in January this year, the Democratic Progressive Party, because the economic tie was becoming strong, was expected to show a realistic direction so as to win a broader base support, including from the economic sector; and there was the aim of attempting to recapture the political power. On the other hand, president Cai aimed at strengthening the relation with countries in the Asia Pacific region that were sharing the same universal value like freedom, democracy, and human rights etc., she emphasized her position and made a clear distinction from Ma Yingjiu's political regime the ruling KMT party, and partially criticizing him for depending on China too much. Democratic Progressive Party would hold a nationwide party representative rally on the 28th, and carried out the election campaign in earnest.
In the past few years, the Democratic Progressive Party has been modifying its policy in response to the political reality. I think it is a sign of maturity.